Carrot Cake with Cardamom

July 22, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Carrot cake in its highest form.

Carrot Cake with Cardamom from Food52

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WHO: Hollyshaner is from Florida and a food blogger at

WHAT: A carrot cake with a ton of character.

HOW: Mix up your cakes, whip up your icing, layer, and slice.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Some carrot cakes seem promising -- but are dry, crumbly, and tasteless. This is not one of those carrot cakes. The yogurt and carrots give the cake moisture, and the hint of cardamom makes it shine. We ended up adding the sugar in the frosting to taste; if you prefer your frosting on the not-so-sweet side, you should do the same.

Carrot Cake with Cardamom by hollyshaner

Serves 8 to 10


3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
4 cups carrots, shredded
2 cups flour
1 cup self-rising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 orange, zest of
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup yogurt, plain

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter
16 ounces cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinches salt (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.


Photo by James Ransom

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SusanRubinsky July 23, 2013
I usually say nothing bad about other cooks, but I make the best carrot cake on earth.
sara July 22, 2013
What can I substitute for the self raising flour?
Kristen M. July 23, 2013
Food52 baking pro boulangere recommends a substitute for 1 cup of self-rising flour as 1 level cup of all-purpose flour + 1 teaspoon of double-acting baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon of salt here:
healthierkitchen July 22, 2013
This does sound good!
dymnyno July 22, 2013
The carrot cake alone sounds delicious and the frosting takes it to divine!